Calendar of Events




March 2019


Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS


March 1: The Little Blue Books at 100: Haldeman-Julius’s Revolutionary Publishing Venture exhibit opens, Girard History Museum, 300 South Summit Street, Girard. Days and hours vary. Call 620.724.4317. In 1919, publisher Emanuel Haldeman-Julius began publishing pocket-size booklets on a variety of subjects and titles. Over 30 years, 2,000 titles and more than 500 million were printed and sold, revolutionizing mass-market publishing, making products affordable to all.


March 2: Coolio + Tag Team, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino: The Corral, 1275 South Highway 69, Pittsburg. or 620.240.4400.


March 3: Southeast Kansas Symphony Concert, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 South Homer Street, Pittsburg. A concert of standard and contemporary works for orchestra. or 620.235.4536.


March 7: Korby Lenker, 7 pm, Olive Street House Concert in Pittsburg.


March 10: Miners Hall Museum quarterly presentation: The Taste of Frontenac by Seth Nutt, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum in Franklin.


March 14: Fishing Jackpot Tournament at Bone Creek Lake, 6 pm, Rocky Point boat ramp, 499 East Baker Street, Arcadia.


March 16: Frog Holler Bluegrass & Pickers’ Jam, 12-4 pm, Circle’s Pecans & Country Store, 2499 U.S. 400 Highway, McCune. Free to attend, join in if you wish.


March 16 & 17: Talent on Parade Dance Competition, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 South Homer Street, Pittsburg.


March 19: Moons: Worlds of Mystery program, Kelce Planetarium on PSU campus, 1702 South Joplin Street, Pittsburg.


March 21: Fishing Jackpot Tournament at Bone Creek Lake, 6 pm, Rocky Point boat ramp, 499 East Baker Street, Arcadia.


March 21: Mark Nizer 4D, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 South Homer Street, Pittsburg. Don’t miss the combination of original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening. or 620.235.4536.


March 21: Dylan Scott (country), 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino: The Corral, 1275 South Highway 69, Pittsburg. or 620.240.4400.


March 23: Spring Fling Market, 9 am-4 pm, The Barn At Timber Cove, 832 South 250th Street, Pittsburg. Shopping event to promote and showcase local independents and small businesses to our community. 


March 23: Nature Bingo, 10 am, Regal Tallgrass Nature Center at Prairie State Park, 128 Northwest 150th Lane, Liberal, Missouri.


March 23: T.G. Sheppard, 5 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 South Highway 69, Pittsburg. or 620.240.4400.


March 24: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum, 651 U.S. 69,




March 26: TEDx event, 7 pm, Dotty and Bill Miller Theater of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 South Homer Street, Pittsburg.


March 28: Fishing Jackpot Tournament at Bone Creek Lake, 6 pm, Rocky Point boat ramp, 499 East Baker Street, Arcadia.


March 28: Joe Crookston, 7 pm, Olive Street House Concert in Pittsburg.


March 28: PSU Symphonic Band, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 South Homer Street, Pittsburg.


March 29 & 30: Symposium: The Little Blue Books at 100: Haldeman-Julius’s Revolutionary Publishing Venture, Overman Student Center on PSU campus, 302 East Cleveland Avenue, Pittsburg. In 1919, publisher Emanuel Haldeman-Julius began publishing pocket-size booklets on a variety of subjects and titles. Over 30 years, 2,000 titles and more than 500 million were printed and sold, revolutionizing mass-market publishing, making products affordable to all. 620.235.4466.


March 29: Best of Broadway’s The Sound of Music, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. or 620.235.4536.


Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit


March 1: 45th Annual Jazz Fest: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 pm. Opening act: PSU Jazz Ensemble. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the PSU ticket office 620.235.4796. Cost is $15.


March 2: PSU International Food & Culture Fair, 5:30 pm. Join international students in the lower level of the Memorial Auditorium for sampling of food from around the world. At 6:30 pm, enjoy performances from different cultures in the main auditorium. Tickets at the door.


March 6: Paint & Sip fundraiser for Art Walk 2019, 6 pm. or 620.231.7827.


March 8-10: Fury Dance Competition. Register at This event is open to the public.


March 19: Safehouse Crisis Center’s Bags to Riches Fundraiser: Ladies Night Out Gatsby Style, 6 pm. Live and silent purse auction, raffle items, door prizes. Tickets $35; 21 and up event. 620.231.8692.


March 29 & 30: 7:30 pm; March 30 & 31: 2 pm. PCT Presents: M*A*S*H.


artForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165. Please call Artforms Gallery to register for any workshop. Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th St., Pittsburg.


Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks.


March 9 & 10: Wheel Throwing, 2-5 pm. Learn what throwing on the potter’s wheel is all about or improve your skills at Cow Creek Pottery, Pittsburg. All supplies and necessary tools included. If you can only make one class, the charge is $50 or both classes for $90.  Ages 16 and up. Class size limited to 8 people. 620.240.0165.


March 16: Ceramic Hand-building, 2-5 pm. You choose what you want to create! All supplies, tools and firings are included in the price of only $45. Class is at Cow Creek Pottery. Ages 12 and up; ages 12-15 require adult supervision. 620.240.0165.


March 22: Zen Doodle Your Way into Drawing! 6-8 pm. This workshop provides resources, direction and practice in drawing patterns and shapes to create texture. Paper, sharpie and patterns are supplied. Cost: $25. Class limited to 15. Ages 10 and older; children under age 10 require adult accompaniment. 620.240.0165.


March 23: Pendant Necklace Workshop, 1-5 pm. Choose from a variety of textured metals and other materials. You’ll learn how to use a jeweler’s saw to cut your materials into desired shapes. With instruction and demonstration, you will assemble them using “cold” connections such as rivets and jump rings. Cords and clasps provided. Cost: $40. Class size limited to 8. Ages 16 and older. Registration and fee due by March 20. 620.240.0165.


Carl Junction, MO


Through March: Dinner Plate Fundraiser, Carl Junction Senior Center. Make a donation to support Meals on Wheels and senior citizen lunches at our center, 303 N. Main. 417.649.6437.


March 1-2: Carl Junction Chamber’s Disco Expo Inferno. Business to business mixer, adults only, March 1, 5:30-8 pm at the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce, 205 N. Main. General Public Day March 2, 9 am-2 pm, at the Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. 417.649.8846.


March 9: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults.


March 30: Pie Contest, 10 am-3 pm, Carl Junction Community Center. Free sampling and judging. For registration details, visit the Carl Junction Community Center’s Facebook page or call 417.649.8846.


Carthage, MO


Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.


Diamond, MO


George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free
Programs – Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit


March 2 & 3: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. Carver had a passion for art and believed his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.


March 9 & 10: Women in Carver’s Life. Throughout Carver’s life, many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors for Carver, encouraged him to succeed.


March 16 & 17: Struggle for Education, 1 pm. Join us for this program exploring some of the challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States.


March 21: Coffee with Carver: Carvers Bulletins: Some Choice Wild Vegetables, 10 am. After discovering poor, share-cropping families in the South often ate meals with little nutritional value, Carver persuaded them to take advantage of available plants for a more nourishing alternative. See Carver’s agriculture bulletins and leaflets, both of which contain information about these plants. Free and open to the public. 417.325.4151.


March 23 & 24: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins and her Influence, 1 pm. Mariah Watkins’ influence on George Washington Carver during his stay in her Neosho home strengthened his self-esteem, nurtured his faith in God and encouraged him to pursue his education.


March 30: Sincerely, Your Mother, 1 pm. Join a ranger to learn more about George Washington Carver’s relationship with Sophia Liston and how integral she was to George in his adult life.


March 31: Carver and Chemergy, 1 pm. George Washington Carver created an interesting array of synthetic by-products from agricultural plants that largely impacted society.


Joplin, MO


Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.


March 1: First Wine Share, 6-8 pm, Flicker: Bar & Arcade, 122 S. Main St. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge to attend WineShare, and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. 417.501.9649.


March 10: Tri-state Iris Society Monthly meeting, 2 pm, Southwest Missouri Bank on the corner of Range Line and Zora Avenue. The public is invited to attend. 417.388.1849.


March 26: Baseball Bonanza, 6 pm, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th Street. A fundraiser for Joplin NALA Read. Teams compete with the choice of spelling or answering baseball trivia questions in their turn at bat. Teams and sponsors needed. Call 417.782.2646, email, go to or find us on Facebook! A family-oriented evening with concessions, bake sale, silent auction, entertainment from Karen’s Dance Troupe, and team competition.


March 30: Joplin High School JROTC Celebrates 100th Anniversary, 10 am, Joplin High School. Parade from 10 am-12 pm, open house from 12-2 pm and formal dinner at 6 pm. The parade and open house are free. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased through Eventbrite.


March 30: Soroptimist International of Joplin presents the 4th Annual Comedy for Camp, 6 pm, Wilder’s Event Center, 1208 S. Main. Proceeds benefit Camp Soroptimist, a week-long summer camp for Jasper County foster kids. Cash bar, great food, silent and live auctions. Tickets $55/person, $100/couple (ages 18+ only). 417.825.0196. Purchase tickets at


Missouri Southern State University: 3950 Newman Rd., Joplin, MO




March 2: Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Concert, 7:30 pm at Taylor Auditorium. 417.625.9318.


March 3-5: Chamber Singers/Southern Jazz Orchestra Tour. 417.625.9318.


March 7: Faculty Recital – Chase Neely, percussion, 7:30 pm at Corley Auditorium. 417.625.9318.


March 12: Guest Artists – Patricia Card (Clarinet), 7:30 pm at Corley Auditorium. 417.625.9318.




March 1: Brass Day at Corley Auditorium and Phinney Hall. 417.625.9318.


March 1: bordertown Release Party, Reading, and Robinson Crusoe Week Writing Contest Prompt Release, 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Spiva Library in the Quiet Room. Celebrate the release of the MSSU English Department’s magazine bordertown. Entries can be submitted online and are due by 3 pm Sunday, March 3. 417.625.3554.


March 3-10: MSSU Robinson Crusoe Week. A variety of events are planned. 417.625.3554.


March 29: All District Solo and Ensemble Contest – Instrumental + Vocal, all day at the Fine Arts Complex and Beimdieck Recreation Center. 417.625.9318.




January 28-March 12: Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. 417.625.3066.


Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO


All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.


March 6 & 9: Preschool Nature Connections: Hares & Rabbits. March 6, 1-2 pm or March 9, 10-11 am, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Little ones will learn everything from what they eat, how they nest, what they look like as babies, how they play and how they “talk.” Wildcat Glades’ Trevor is a live rabbit who has been greeting kids since 2013 at Wildcat Glades events and will visit during this event. Registration required.


March 9: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, Joplin Empire Market. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page. Space is limited.


March 9: Kids vs. Plastic, 12:30-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market. Interactive workshop for ages 7 to 12. Kids will learn to recycle plastic and other items, how to use a plastic journal measuring how much plastic is consumed by their family, make a product that will replace a single-use plastic consumption, participate in a recyclable scavenger hunt and discover ways to reduce plastic use. See Facebook page to register.


March 23: Wildcat Glades Trail Race, 8 am, Wildcat Glades Park. This race will take participants on the Wildcat Glades trails over a 3-mile loop, or those choose the 6-mile will travel the loop twice. Participants will travel through diverse ecosystems and range from leisurely to rugged. This scenic trail takes you to the historic Redings Mill Bridge where you will cross after a quick, steep climb. Online registration ends March 21.


Neosho, MO


March 16: Neosho Business Expo, 10 am-2pm. This year’s theme celebrates ‘70s style Movin’ & Groovin’. Area businesses and organizations will showcase their best products and services. $2 admission. Register to win $1,000 in travel vouchers from GalaxSea Cruises & Tours. Thousands of $$$$ in prizes. 417.451.1925.


Lamar, MO


Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.


Monett, MO


March 4: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.


Webb City, MO


March 5: Webb City Area Genealogy Society monthly meeting, 6 pm, Webb City Public Library. Guest speaker Jim Beeler, president of the Peace Church Cemetery Association, will speak on the history and development of Peace Church and surrounding area. Public is invited.


Grove, OK


March 9: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, two miles east of Grove on south side of highway. Performing: Becky Lercher. 417.775.4121.




Cultural Events




Carthage, MO


Through March 17: Artí Gras – A Celebration of Art, artCentral, 1110 E. Thirteenth St. A mixed media exhibition by JRCA members. Email


March 15: Pro Musica presents The Cheng2 Duo, 7 pm, Carthage R9 School Auditorium, The brother-and-sister duo is formed by 21-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng, top prize laureate of the VI International Paulo Cello Competition, and pianist Silvie Cheng, recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for exceptional promise in piano performance. Call 417.625.1822.


Joplin, MO


Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.




March 27-31: Stalag 17, 7:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Stalag 17 is a drama-comedy telling the story of a group of American airmen held in a German prison camp during World War II. Call 417.623.3638.




March 1: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm at different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. 21+. Call 417.501.9649.


March 1: Call for Entries Deadline: Fake News – A National Juried Exhibition. This is an open call to all mediums. Artwork must respond to the theme of “Fake News.” More information: 417.625.3066.


March 7: 1st Thursday Art Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin, dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process and all art is for sale. Call 417.438.5931.


March 7-9: Oleanna, 7:30 pm, Elsie Plaster Building, Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho. Seats are limited. Contact the box office at 417.455.5458 or call 417.825.6552.


March 9: Connect2Culture presents THE MIDTOWN MEN – Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys, 7:30 pm, Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 Indiana Avenue. Purchase tickets at, 1.800.514.3849, or on Saturdays at Joplin Empire Market (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider). Groups of 10-50 receive 20% discount on tickets. Call 417.625.6683.


March 10: Anderson Entertainment Group presents Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, 2 pm, Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th St. Tickets: $35 VIP meet & greet, $25 floor & ADA, $20 mezzanine, $15 child. Call 417.850.9655.


March 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6-8 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Open mic sign-up begins at 6 pm. Open mic starts at 7 pm. Email


Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. Independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood showing a variety of independent, classic and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Check website for pub hours and showtimes. Call 417.825.5161. 




March 1-31: Scenes from Chicago by Philip Ledbetter, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Avenue. Philip Ledbetter’s striking photography series, Scenes from Chicago, will be displayed during March. Call 417.438.5931.


March 1-31: Watercolors by Deborah Reed, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St. Enjoy the thrilling watercolor pieces of Deborah Reed. Call 417.438.5931.


January 14-March 31: Welcome To The Game: Human Trafficking in North America. Located inside The Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery. More of Sarah Serio’s work can be viewed at, followed on Instagram @SarahSerio or on Facebook @SarahSerioArt.


Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street


March 6 & 9: Preschool Nature Connections: Bunnies, Hares & Rabbits (ages 3-6), 1-2 pm on the 6th, 10-11 am on the 9th. See the Facebook page for required registration. Call 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.


March 23: Spring Hip Handmade Market 2019, 10 am-4 pm. Southwest Missouri’s original juried indie craft fair and the perfect place to purchase original pieces for yourself, your home, your family and even gifts for friends, all while supporting local artists and crafters. The $2 adult admission to The Market will directly benefit Art Feeds Joplin. Call 417.501.9649.


Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-3 pm. Find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Call 417.986.3914. 


Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street


March 5: Chat N Craft (adults), 5:30-8 pm, an adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Call 417.623.7953,


March 14: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, The Writers’ Guild includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.


March 16: Joplin Public Library Explore & Play, 10-11:30 am, families will explore specially crafted exploration stations that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Call 417.623.2184.


Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-4:45 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. Call 417.623.2184.


Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30 am, 10:45 am & 4 pm. This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Suggested age: birth to 2 years. Call 417.623.2184.


Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30 am. Library staff uses this 30-minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs and rhymes. Suggested age: 2 to 3 years. Call 417.623.2184.


Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11 am. Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time, library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets and more! Suggested age: 4 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.


Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4 pm. It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested age: 2 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.




First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30 pm. For chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.2184.


Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday. 9:30 am-2:30 pm on Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve, basis. Call 417.623.7953 x1041.


Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2 pm, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.


RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery


Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5-9 pm. RSVPaint is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Cost: $28-$58. More information:


Thursdays & Fridays: 7-9 pm, Saturdays: 10 am-noon, 1-3 pm, 7-9 pm, Sundays: 2-4 pm. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38-$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information:


Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO


Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.




March 2: Glass Birds (ages 9+), 10 am-12 pm. Call: 417.623.0183. Cost: $35.


March 2: Anatomy Drawing: Hands (ages 15+), 11 am-1 pm. Call 417.623.0183. Cost: $20.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.


Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit




March 2: Itty Bitty Yoga with Kara Patterson (ages 2-5), 5-6 pm. Must be accompanied by adult. Call 417.623.0183. Cost: $10.


March 2: PhotoSpiva Kids (ages 6-10), 12-1 pm. Participants will be introduced to basic design principles and have the opportunity to exhibit in a curated show in March. Call 417.623.0183. Cost: $50.


March 9: Artists Talk: DRAWN, 11 am-12 pm. Hear first-hand from the artists featured in Spiva’s DRAWN exhibit. Discover these artists’ insights into the hard work and creativity presented in this phenomenal and experimental show. Call 417.623.0183.


March 16: Nerd Shirts (ages 12+), 1-3 pm. Learn a spray bleach technique with Jade Henning and apply your newly acquired skills by decorating shirts and bags. One shirt will be provided. Call 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.


March 16: Female Figure Drawing (ages 18+), 3-4:30 pm. Join us and improve your skills in drawing during this 1.5-hour course! A professional nude model will pose. Call 417.623.0183. Cost $30.


March 18-22: Superhero Adventures Art Camp (ages 8-14), 12:30-3:30 pm. Join us for this week-long camp as we embark on an adventure in creating superhero art with recyclable objects! Call 417.623.0183. Cost: $25.


March 22: Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva 2019 & 2019 Small Works Auction, 5:30-7:30 pm. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183.


March 23: PhotoSpiva 2019 Portfolio Reviews, 10 am-12 pm. Calling all amateur and professional photographers! Looking to get helpful feedback from a knowledgeable and skilled professional? Schedule a time now for an evaluation of your photography portfolio by award-winning photographer Patty Carroll. Please contact to schedule a time slot. Call 417.623.0183.


March 23: PhotoSpiva 2019 Awards and Juror Lecture, 7-9 pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


March 28: Spiva in Bloom Luncheon, 11:30 am-1 pm. Pre-register at There are only 48 spots available. More information 417.623.0183. Cost: $50.


March 28: Spiva in Bloom Designers’ Reception, 5:30-7 pm. Admire local florists’ beautiful flower arrangements based off of works from PhotoSpiva 2019. Call 417.623.0183. Cost: Free.


March 30: Spiva in Bloom (ages 21+), 10:30 am-12 pm. Celebrate spring while you examine floral designs and sip mimosas with Justin Thomas of the Wild Flower. Call 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.


March 30: Jewelry: Japanese Inro Necklace (ages 15+), 1-4 pm. Materials and instructions provided. Call: 417.623.0183. Cost: $30




March1-March 16: STRATA: Layered Meaning. The work in this exhibition features multiple mediums: photography, painting, watercolor and sculpture. STRATA showcases how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. Call 417.623.0183.


March1-March 9: DRAWN. DRAWN is a national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. Call 417.623.0183.


The Coda Concert House: 2120 E. 24th Street, Joplin, MO


March 5: The Coda Concert House: Scott H Biram, 7 pm. From the heart of Texas, Scott H. Biram has remained an influential and unpredictable fixture in punk rock blues. All suggested donations go to the performing artist. Call 417.625.9318.


March 24: The Coda Concert House: Ben Miller Solo Songwriters In the Round, 5:30 pm. Enjoy a night of stories and original songs with Ben Miller and two of his favorite songwriters, Brooke Blanche and Bill Gosche. Suggested donation: $15. All proceeds go to the performing artist. Call 417.625.9318.


March 24: The Coda Concert House: Junior Brown, 5:30 pm (doors 5 pm). Don’t miss what will be a historic night in Joplin’s rich musical history! Suggested donation: $50 for seated general admission (reserved stools or second row $75). All proceeds go to the artist performing. Call 417.625.9318.


March 30: The Coda Concert House: Hadden Sayers Solo Acoustic, 6:30pm. Suggested donation: $20. All proceeds go to the performing artist. Call 417.625.9318.


Firehouse Pottery: 112 S. Main St., Joplin, MO


Fridays: Date Night, until 8 pm. Two-for-one studio fees for all couples. Call 417.553.0671. 


Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+), until 8 pm. Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with free studio fees. Call 417.553.0671.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO


Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO


Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm, up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.


Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am, watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.




 Health Events


Galena, KS

March 5: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

March 14: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

March 12: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

March 27: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

March 12: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

March 13 & 27: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

March 1: Freeman Auxiliary Linen Sale, 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 1W & 3W. Treat yourself to luxurious linens, including ultra-plush blankets, quilt sets, comforter sets, throws, pillows and more. Call 417.347.4603

March 5: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

March 5: 13th Annual Mardi Gras Party, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Crabby’s, 815 W. 7th St. Wear your best Mardi Gras attire and join us for a special evening benefitting your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! $50 per person 5-course meal; $70 per person 5-course meal, includes wine tasting or two signature drinks. Auction, door prizes and more. Reservations required. Call 417.206.3474 to make a reservation.

March 5: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

March 7: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555 for appointment.

March 9: March O’ the Kidney, 8 am, Northpark Mall – Macy’s entrance, 101 N. Range Line Road. One‐mile walk benefitting Freeman Dialysis Fund. Walk as a family, individual, company or team. Walk in honor of a loved one or a family affected by kidney disease. Pre‐registration: $10 per walker; registration at the door: $15 per walker. Children 5 and under walk free. Call 417.347.8330.

March 12: National Pancake Day, 7 am-7 pm, IHOP, 2117 S. Range Line Road. Visit the Joplin IHOP restaurant and enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and donate to help kids treated at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

March 12: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

March 12: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

March 13: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

March 19: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd, back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

March 19: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

March 21: Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W and 4W. Roll up your sleeves to save as many as three lives. Donors are encouraged to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive. Call 417.347.4603.

March 22: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

March 25: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Call 417.347.5700.

March 26: Freeman Advantage Health & Resource Fair, 7-11 am, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Interactive and informational booths, health assessments, free breakfast, fun demonstrations and more. Open to the public. Call 417.347.5837.

March 26: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

Mercy Hospital – other

March 2: Walk With a Doc meets the first Saturday of every month at 9 am, Butterfly Garden north of hospital entrance sliding doors. Join a Mercy physician for a 5-minute health topic and a walk along Mercy’s walking path.

March 7: Weight Loss Seminar, occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm. Location: Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.

March 11: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

March 13: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

March 18: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8420 or email

March 26: Lung Disease Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231.

March 26: Diabetes Support Group – Carthage meets the fourth Tuesday, 4-5 pm at Carthage Water & Electric, 627 W. Centennial. For more information, call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.

March 27: Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. For more information, call 417.556.6487.

March 27: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

March 27: Cancer Survivor Support Group for women meets the fourth Wednesday, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

March 25: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

March 7: Free Cholesterol Screening, 6-9 am, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room, free blood test provided by NRMC Foundation. Twelve-hour fast recommended for accurate results.

March 13: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

March 15: Free Colon Screening Kits, 9 am-4 pm, NRMC Main Lobby Information Desk. Are you 50 or older? Pick up a free in-home test kit to screen for colon cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death for men and women. Limited availability.

March 16: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

March 19 & 21: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

March 20: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

March 26: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

March 12 & 26: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

March 14: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

March 14: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

March 14: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

March 5: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

March 7: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.